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Downloadable content

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Downloadable content (often abbreviated DLC; referred to as add-on content in PAL regions) is additional content provided for released video games which is separately obtained after release to expand the base game. This can constitute both patches and updates to the pre-existing features of the core game and entirely new content which is often sold for additional money, the latter being the form the term usually refers to. Paid downloadable content takes a variety of forms in many games, selling everything from simple costumes for pre-existing characters to entirely new story and gameplay scenarios.

The Fire Emblem series first started using downloadable content in 2010, with the release of Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem. All games since then have made heavy use of DLC.

Precursors to modern DLC

Before the advent of modern digital distribution and the release of New Mystery of the Emblem, Intelligent Systems conducted several experiments with other forms of distribution of additional content for Fire Emblem games. These included:

Downloadable content by game

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem featured a small number of free digital distributions of bonus content. Although described as downloadable content by Nintendo, the "download" actually just unlocked content that already existed on the cartridge. The content constitutes three bonus chapters and three items, which were released over a period of weeks after release in 2010.

New access to this DLC on physical cartridges is no longer possible as of May 20th, 2014, as a result of the discontinuation of most Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection services.[1] However, the English fan translation comes with a save file which has all downloadable chapters episodes and items already unlocked.

Downloadable content in New Mystery of the Emblem
Item Type Release DateJP
Is ds growth drop.png Growth Drop Item ??, 2010
Is ds bond drop.png Bond Drop Item ??, 2010
Wind and Thunder Chapter July 15th, 2010
Assassins Chapter August 5th, 2010
By the Sword Chapter August 26th, 2010
Is ds rainbow tonic.png Rainbow Tonic Item September 2nd, 2010

Fire Emblem Awakening

Fire Emblem Awakening was the first first-party Nintendo title to support paid downloadable content in Japan (elsewhere in the world, New Super Mario Bros. 2 did it before the international release of Awakening). In Awakening, DLC is distributed in the form of individual chapters, many of which offer a major character from a prior Fire Emblem game as an obtainable bonus unit at the end. Each chapter has a different intent: the original set is a long series of battles against characters from prior Fire Emblem games, one set is intended purely for grinding for experience, money and regalia weapons, another set is devoted to character interactions, a fourth set provides an alternate scenario for the doomed future Lucina came from, and the final set provides challenges greater than the core game.

Fire Emblem Fates

Fire Emblem Fates makes use of downloadable content in an expanded form. In addition to several series of challenge maps and stories set in an alternate scenario, DLC is also used to handle the game's split-version format. After purchasing one edition of the game, the player can buy the opposing campaign at a somewhat reduced price as DLC, and outside of the special editions the Revelation campaign is only available as downloadable content. Additionally, the Japanese version of the game featured DLC available by purchases of the original series of Fire Emblem Cipher products, which would allow Japanese players to recruit a small number of bonus units.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia features five packs of downloadable content with different purposes: two series of episodes which assist with grinding and collecting items, a third which gives access to a series of even more powerful classes for those who have reached their maximum class and level, a fourth collection of stories about the origin of the Deliverance, and a fifth which features the mascot characters of Fire Emblem Cipher.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U began to sell paid downloadable content in April 2015, alongside the release of free update patches. Roy and Corrin are two of five currently available DLC characters for purchase.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE has some costume downloadable content as well as some downloadable quests. The costumes are for the playable Mirage Masters, and the quest DLC offers things like experience and challenging battles.

References

  1. Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service for Nintendo DS and Wii has ended, Nintendo, Published: 2014-05-20, Retrieved: 2015-06-30

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